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A memorial service for Kathryn Jan Woltz will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Norman, Oklahoma, on Saturday, December 2, at 1:00 PM.

Kathryn Jan Woltz was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, on December 5, 1949, and died on November 22, 2017, at her home in Norman. The beloved daughter of Louie and Mary Jane Harris, she grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where her father taught at the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and her mother served as Director of the Jane Brooks School for the Deaf. Kathryn graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha and went on to attend graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, teaching in the Department of Chemistry.

Kathryn was an extraordinary writer, watercolorist, and painter, a lover of fine art, music, dance and literature. Though struck with Lupus at an early age in a era when a diagnosis of Lupus was difficult and often misunderstood, and diagnosed later with Parkinson's and a variety of other chronic illnesses that might well have diminished another soul, she was blessed with a courageous heart, a passionate love for life, and a spirit that would not countenance defeat. Even when rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's made knitting, writing and art painful for her, she continued to try, sitting with her dear friend Carm Burris, dreaming of new projects.
Gifted with a sharp wit, a grand sense of humor, an unfailing optimism, and an immense capacity for love, she was always far more concerned for those she loved than for herself. As a single mother, she was absolutely devoted to her daughter, Tessa, with a love and pride that never wavered. Her selflessness and commitment to her family and to those she loved knew no bounds.

In Kathryn's last illness, she wished above all else to die in her own home and in her own bed. Nineteen days in the hospital, much of that in ICU, made that unlikely. But despite all the forces of weakness and pain arrayed against her, she won. Her journey ended at the home she loved, in her own bed, with her husband at her side.

Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Tessa Barsic, and son-in-law, Paul Barsic, of Seattle; by her husband, the Rev. Charles Woltz; Joseph and Barbara Woltz, and Jim and Ed Woltz, of Tulsa; and Jonathan and Kelley Woltz, of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Memorial gifts may be made in Kathryn's name to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Norman, Oklahoma; Celtic Corgi Rescue of Choctaw; or a charity of your choice.
Published on November 27, 2017
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